December 10, 2016 / 2:37 PM / a year ago

Gambia's President-elect says Jammeh cannot reject polls

BANJUL (Reuters) - Gambia’s President-elect Adama Barrow said that the country’s outgoing leader Yahya Jammeh had no constitutional authority to reject the results of December 1. polls and call fresh elections.

Gambia's President Yahya Jammeh attends the plenary session of the Africa-South America Summit on Margarita Island September 27, 2009. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins/Files

“I open up a channel of communication to convince him to facilitate a smooth transfer of executive powers in the supreme interest of this country,” he told reporters on Saturday.

Reporting by Lamin Jahateh; Writing by Emma Farge; Editing by Louise Heavens

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